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California's Shark Fin Ban Officially in Effect! The Catch Is...

Posted Tue, Jul 2, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to california, finning, national marine fisheries service, shark fin, shark fin ban, shark fin soup

California has banned shark fins within the state...for now

Let's start with the good news: As of yesterday, July 1, California's shark fin ban (passed in 2011) officially came into effect! California grocers that stocked shark fins and restaurants that offered shark fin soup on the menu had 18 months to move their product. During the 18 month interim, the Los Angeles Times reports that one San Gabriel Valley restaurant specializing in the delicacy shut down, while several retailers in Chinatown bemoaned the large stock of shark fins still at hand. 


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VICTORY! EU Shark Fin Ban Loopholes to Be Closed

Posted Fri, Jun 7, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to EU, europe, European Union, finning, fishing, shark fin, shark fin soup, shark finning

The European Union closed a final loophole in their shark fin bans, effectively making shark finning forbidden by all vessels in EU waters and by all EU-registered vessels around the world. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

We’ve got some great news to share with you – The European Union (EU) agreed on Thursday to tighten their existing ban on shark finning, and to effectively close a final loophole in the ban on finning. With the change, shark finning will be forbidden by all vessels in EU waters and by all EU-registered vessels around the world. “Shark finning is one of the main threats to the shark population,” Sandrine Polti, policy adviser to the Shark Alliance, explained to the Huffington Post. “We’re now in a much better position to push for a global shark-finning ban.”


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Victory! Maryland Becomes First East Coast State to Ban Shark Fin Trade!

Posted Thu, May 2, 2013 by Beth to east coast, finning, governor o'malley, maryland, shark fin, shark fin soup, shark fin trade, shark finning, sharks

Governor Martin O'Malley signs bill into law banning possession, sale, and distribution of shark fins in Maryland

Maryland made history today by becoming the first East Coast state to ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins throughout the state. They join the entire West Coast, as well as Illinois and Hawaii, in banning the fin trade, which drives the cruel and unnecessary act of shark finning and is contributing to the near-extinction of many shark species.


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